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It’s Goodreads Giveaway win number ten this week 🙂


I have a gardener’s inherent belief in the natural order of things. Soft‑petalled flowers that go to seed. The resolute passage of the seasons. Swallows that fly thousands of miles to follow the eternal summer.

Children who don’t die before their parents.

When Kate receives a phone call with news that Rosie Anderson is missing, she’s stunned and disturbed. Rosie is eighteen, the same age as Kate’s daughter, and a beautiful, quiet, and kind young woman. Though the locals are optimistic—girls like Rosie don’t get into real trouble—Kate’s sense of foreboding is confirmed when Rosie is found fatally beaten and stabbed.

Who would kill the perfect daughter, from the perfect family? Yet the more Kate entwines herself with the Andersons—graceful mother Jo, renowned journalist father Neal, watchful younger sister Delphine—the more she is convinced that not everything is as it seems. Anonymous notes arrive, urging Kate to unravel the tangled threads of Rosie’s life and death, though she has no idea where they will lead.


Author Debbie Howells

Debbie Howells lives in West Sussex with her family. Having worked as cabin crew and a flying instructor, she then spent several years running a very successful wedding flower business.

She started writing as an escape from a busy summer of weddings. Her first books This Your Life and The Impossible Search for the Perfect Man were written under the pen name Susie Martyn and self-published as eBooks on Amazon.

Encouraged by positive feedback, Debbie used her love of flowers and first hand experience to write the contemporary women’s fiction novel Wildflowers, the first book self-published under her own name.

When none of the above secured her an agent, she started writing her first psychological thriller, The Bones of You and she is now proud to be represented worldwide, by Juliet Mushens of The Agency Group.

Catch up with all Debbie’s latest news at her website.

Follow Debbie on Twitter.

The story around ‘The Bones Of You’, came from a growing awareness of the whole issue of emotional abuse. I studied psychology at university so why people are the way they are has always fascinated me. I just started reading and researching and it went from there. It’s about the power that some people are able to wield over others.

I have a quiet, obstinate belief that if you have a dream, you’re the only person who can make it happen. But I also know that, no matter how dedicated you are, at any second life can throw you a curveball and that there are other factors at play, such as timing, luck and opportunity, too. So, if you’ve ever wondered about that long-shot idea you have, that you’ve always pushed to the back of your mind, what do you have to lose? It’s worth taking a leap of faith for the simple reason that, unless you try, you’ll never know…

Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … ‘Mailbox Monday’

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

Vicki of ‘I’d Rather Be At The Beach’

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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    • Hi Lorraine,

      I have tried to be a bit more selective about the books I download from NetGalley, as I was finding it to be very addictive and I was grabbing far more books than I could ever hope to read.

      Likewise, I try to only enter the Goodreads Giveaways if I really like the sound of a book, but I just can’t beat that moment of frisson, when the email lands in my inbox to say that I am a winner 🙂

      ‘The Bones Of You’ has received so many positive ratings and excellent reviews, your own included, that I didn’t venture too far down the list of accolades, so I apologise for missing your post on Goodreads.

      Thanks for stopping by, it is good to know that you recommend this book 🙂

    • Hi Cheryl,

      I am intrigued that Debbie switched from writing contemporary women’s fiction, to publishing such a deep and disturbing sounding psychological thriller. I know this change stems from the psychology training she studied at university, however the two story concepts are so diverse and disparate, that I can’t wait to read ‘The Bones Of You’, as thrillers are one of my personal favourite genres!

      Great to have you visit this week 🙂

    • Hi Kathy,

      You see this exact scenario played out in real life so many times … The grieving family, then the revelation that maybe not all is as it would at first appear … I wonder if the investigation is going to take a sudden turn and who it is that is so keen to have Kate discover the truth!

      ‘The Bones Of You’ sounds right up my street, thanks for your lovely comment 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      So you are putting your money on one of the parents having committed the murder are you?

      I don’t tend to read thrillers and mysteries exclusively, however I do seem to have had something of a run on them just recently. I will admit that I am a bit picky about the contemporary and historical fiction books I read and I haven’t come across a good literary fiction book for quite some time now!

      I do seem to be having more vivid dreams and the occasional full-on nightmare just lately, but I think that has much to do with other factors affecting my life right now, rather than the types of books I am reading 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you enjoyed your Thanksgiving weekend

  • Glad to see you haven’t blown away over the course of the weekend. My but its been windy.

    Hmm, whilst this one doesn’t shout ‘read me’ to me, the words ‘anonymous notes arrive’ do have me intrigued.

    • Hi Tracy,

      Windy didn’t come into it, especially on Sunday when we never set foot outside the house! This week so far is very damp and dreary, yet remarkably mild, although the gales and torrential rain are due to return at the weekend, just as we have to go out on Saturday!

      I love a good psychological thriller, so this one isn’t just shouting, it’s screaming, read me! I am intrigued about the family’s role in all the goings on and wonder if perhaps one of them is sending the notes as a kind of request for help about one of the others?

      Thanks for stopping by, I hope that all is well with you 🙂

    • Hi Vicki,

      The Debbie Howell (s) name has to be a good omen for the book, for both of us 🙂

      Thanks for continuing to co-host MM, I always enjoy contributing 🙂

  • I think this sounds very good, if not perhaps mildly disturbing. I love that beginning blurb about the “natural order of things”. Indeed, parents should not outlive their children! (my paternal grandmother outlived all three of her sons, including my father)

    • Hi Kelly,

      I think that when you get to a certain age (it is different for everyone of course!), thoughts about mortality do seem to become more important. Whilst I am firmly of the belief that end of life is a choice that every individual should be free to make on their own behalf, I can’t come to terms with the fact that a parent should outlive their children.

      I have no idea how parents cope when children are abducted, murdered, assaulted etc. I can see how, in many high profile cases, this can cause an irrevocable breakdown in relationships … It is almost unbearable to think about !

      Definitely an intense and disturbing premise.

    • Hi Serena,

      Whilst Debbie has written and published, all with very good ratings and reviews, three previous books in the genre of contemporary womens fiction, this departure into the world of the psychological thriller, is something completely new for her. As this is one of my most favourite genres, I was really pleased to have won this Goodreads copy for review.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I always appreciate that and enjoy taking part in Mailbox Monday 🙂

    • Hi Leslie,

      Found your review on Goodreads. It sounds as though I am in for quite a suspenseful read!

      I don’t mind working out who the murderer is early on in the story, so long as there are a few twists left in the tale at the end !

      Thanks for co-hosting MM, it is great to be able to feature my own new books and see what others have to share 🙂

  • This book sounds really interesting. And I love the author’s attitude, too. That makes me even more attracted to reading the story. Thanks for a great post 🙂

    • Hi Barbara,

      The transition from writing contemporary womens fiction to psychological thriller, took a big leap of faith in the first place. However, to then centre the storyline around the beating and murder of a child, must have taken some real guts to write, in the hope that you have pitched it just right to attract the reader, without making it so gruesome that you then put them off finishing the book!

      I am really looking forward to reading this one and will be keen to see how you rate it, should you decide it is also one for you 🙂

  • It sounds intense! I wonder what is going on with Rosie’s family. I like what the author says about taking a leap of faith, she’s right.
    Happy reading and enjoy your week 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      I am intrigued as to who is sending the notes to Kate – I wonder if it is one of Rosie’s secretive family?

      I also think that Debbie’s philosophy on life is to be applauded. However I always tend to err on the side of caution, with a slightly pessimistic slant on everything, which is more often than not my downfall!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

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